They’re feuding at Live Nation

June 20, 2008

madonna.jpgThings have gotten tense over at Live Nation. An internal feud at the concert promoter could end with Chairman Michael Cohl resigning.

The Wall Street Journal says Cohl is currently negotiating his resignation, having fought with Chief Executive Michael Rapino for weeks over so-called “360 deals.” In such deals, Live Nation gives superstars hefty upfront payments in exchange for financial rights in nearly all their business. Think Madonna and U2 and Jay-Z.

It seems, according to the reports, fairly simple: Cohl wants to sign more of these deals and Rapino wants the pace of these signings to slow; the board tells them to work out their differences; Cohl heads out the door.

Still, there is the fundamental question of whether these “360 deals” are good business or not. As the New York Times points out, the “deals were expensive for Live Nation – a reported $120 million for Madonna and $150 million for Jay-Z – spurring many industry executives and analysts to debate whether the company was paying too much.”

While Cohl could be gone as soon as next week, it will take some time to sort through which executive had it right.

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(Photo: Reuters)


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Posted by Live Nation CEO To exit over Jay Z, Madonna Deals « STREET KNOWLEDGE MEDIA | Report as abusive

I think Madonna is worth alot more than Jay-Z, Madonna is a cultural Icon and a living Legend. Its shameful that LiveNation paid him 30 million more when Madonna packs venues all over the globe, her albums go to #1 in more countries than ANY other artist period and FAR more places than Jay-Z does. So sopme one explain to me why he gets more? Is it because Madonna is a mere woman?

Posted by Josh | Report as abusive

Madonna for sure is worth more…that contract is just what they got to sign with Live Nation…Madonna will get 50/50 with everything on top of that…it may not be worked out the same for Jay Z. But he cannot touch her estate.

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